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Top 7 Differences Between BeaconOutlets vs. Others

Jun 30, 2017 11:48:00 AM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet

"How are BeaconOutlets different from, for example, Estimote or beacons?" "What is the result of BeaconOutlets vs. Others?" All will be revealed. We're glad you're here.

At BeaconGrid, we're asked that question at least once a week(June 2017 edit, a lot more than once a week), so we put together a few thoughts.

Tl;dr: over 95% of beacon companies manufacture battery-powered beacons. We do not. There are some major benefits to this. Pricing is a one of them.


Our patented beacons (BeaconOutlets) are AC-powered, resulting in some significant advantages.


(1) Remote Management

BeaconOutlets integrate WiFi for zero-touch management and configuration. They're able to automatically update their settings direcly from a cloud. You can manage those settings from anywhere in the world. BeaconOutlets are also monitored 24x7. And you may elect to receive an email or text if a beacon goes offline.

Battery-powered beacons lack WiFi; they cannot communicate directly to a cloud. To manage beacon settings, you must use a smartphone that is physically next to each beacon. The smartphone then becomes the carrier to send information between the cloud and the beacon. In other words, no smartphone next to beacon = no communication with beacon.  This becomes a nightmare for larger (>20) beacon deployments.

(2) Security

BeaconOutlets broadcast BLE signals in nonconnectable mode only. This prevents other Bluetooth devices from maliciously connecting to your beacon.

Battery-powered beacons, however, almost always broadcast in a connectable mode. This opens up the possibility for unauthorized devices to connect to your beacon with malicious intent.

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Beacons and Privacy : Clearing the Air on a Hot-Button Topic

May 18, 2017 11:20:00 AM By newsletter Topics: Beacons

This is not “Minority Report.” Tom Cruise isn't going to come barrelling down the street at high speeds after you. We are not descending into a depressing, distopian future. The topic, Beacons and privacy, is another iteration of the apprehension and confusion following a new shiny piece of technology. It's not as interesting as "Minority Report," but the discussion sure helps to clear the air.

Beacons usher in new opportunities for technological advancement and engagement. Such innovation, however, is accompanied by understandable misunderstandings of the somewhat vague concerns of degraded personal privacy as a result of beacon technology.

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Is a BeaconOutlet an Apple iBeacon?

May 10, 2017 2:00:00 PM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet · Eddystone · ibeacon · Physical web

First glance reveals BeaconOutlets look and function like traditional electric outlets, but they are so much more. Their unique quality lies in their ability to broadcast Apple iBeacon and Google Eddystone signals via an integrated Bluetooth Smart system. The skinny of it is: our outlets enable software solutions based around presence detection.

Among numerous other functionalities, BeaconOutlets send unique IDs or URLs into space. These are sometimes called UUIDs (iBeacon) or Physical Web URLs (i.e., Eddystone).  Apps on smartphones receive the ID or URL and can perform various tasks to improve everyday life.

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What Is Indoor Proximity? 3 Key Things to Know About Bluetooth Beacons

May 4, 2017 11:00:00 AM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet · Indoor Proximity

beacons enable high level solutions based around proximity detection. Imagine your door unlocking for you!

what is indoor proximity? For some it's a bit of a vague catch all for rapidly advancing bluetooth technology.  We've condensed three important facets of proximity detection for quick reading:

  • Hardware (beacons)
  • Middleware (API's, ERP Apps, etc.)
  • Application layers (end product)

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How We Built the World's First Beacon Outlet (Part 1)

Dec 14, 2016 9:30:00 PM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet

We started BeaconGrid with the notion of developing integrated electronics hardware & software that will fit into a standard single gang duplex wall outlet. The ultimate goal was to create a sensor outlet (presence first) that would be secure, scalable, and reliable.

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Introducing the All New Beacongrid Dashboard

Oct 12, 2016 7:23:51 PM By newsletter Topics: Uncategorized

At BeaconGrid, we aim to provide real-time presence data to organizations.  Towards that end, we've completely rebuilt our dashboard with enhanced functionality....

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BeaconGrid CEO Presents Innovation Talk at 2016 Bluetooth World Conference

Apr 28, 2016 8:02:36 PM By newsletter Topics: beaconoutlet · Indoor Proximity

BeaconGrid CEO, Emmanuel Azih, presented an Innovation Talk at the 2016 Bluetooth World Conference in Silicon Valley. His presentation focused on BeaconOutlets and relative indoor positioning. The following is a recap of the presentation and supporting materials.

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BeaconGrid @ Bluetooth World 2016

Mar 9, 2016 11:06:21 AM By newsletter Topics: Uncategorized

Happy to share that BeaconGrid will be exhibiting some of our technology at the upcoming Bluetooth World Event!

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How Google's Physical Web and Apple's iBeacon will impact IOT

Feb 9, 2016 10:55:02 AM By newsletter Topics: Eddystone · Physical web

Apple's iBeacon was the first, but is Google's Physical Web the best? iBeacon is just one developing area of the Internet of Things (IOT), an exciting field that explores the potential connections between the physical world and the Internet. Google’s Physical Web is also emerging onto the IOT scene with a different angle of approaching the physical-virtual divide.

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FCC Cites Beacons as Potential Tech to Improve Wireless E911 Location Accuracy

Feb 8, 2016 5:03:29 PM By newsletter Topics: Indoor Proximity

Consumers are increasingly replacing land lines with wireless phones. The majority of wireless calls are now made indoors; and the majority of calls to 911 are from wireless phones. This increases the likelihood that wireless 911 calls will come from indoor environments where traditional location accuracy technologies optimized for outdoor calling often do not work effectively or at all.

More wireless calls are coming from indoors. In 1996, there were 33 million cellular subscribers in the United States. By the end of 2013, there were nearly 336 million wireless subscriber connections. At the end of 2007, only 15.8 percent of American households were wireless-only. During the first half of 2014, that number increased to 44 percent (more than two of every five American homes).

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